ARE McCAIN AND PALIN WORSE THAN THE BUSHES? ON WEDDINGS, AT LEAST, IT SURE LOOKS THAT WAY
In comments to an earlier post, nepat pointed out this article from London's Sunday Times. I don't know if it's true, but if it is, McCain and Palin are exceeding the Bush White House in shamelessness:
McCain camp prays for Palin wedding
...Inside John McCain's campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. "It would be fantastic," said a McCain insider. "You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week."
...McCain is expected to have a front-row seat at Bristol's wedding and to benefit from the outpouring of goodwill that it could bring. "What's the downside?" a source inside the McCain campaign said. "It would be wonderful. I don't know that there has ever been a pre-election wedding before." ...
I don't have many good things to say about George W. Bush, his advisors, or his family, but give them a bit of credit -- neither Jenna's engagement (announced in the summer of '07) nor her wedding (which took place this past May) was a huge, publicity-grabbing attempt to boost the popularity of Bush or the GOP. The wedding was in Crawford rather than at the White House, and the Bushies didn't pump up the story -- certainly not "for a week." In fact, Jenna was married by a minister who has endorsed Barack Obama. Give them their due -- there was didn't seem to be any exploitation of this for partisan political purposes.
But, if The Times is right, you can't say the same about McCain and Palin -- everything is about partisan politics now for them.
Third Bush term. Maybe not. Maybe worse.